Thank you Cake4Kids!

It’s often forgotten that children in poverty don’t get to experience some of the simple joys of childhood – like birthday cakes. Bay Area nonprofit, Cake4Kids, is changing that. Libby Gruender, a woman with a desire to provide free birthday cakes to foster children and at risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded Cakes4Kids in 2010. Sadly Libby passed away in January 2013 but the team that runs Cake4Kids is continuing her mission, recruiting new volunteers, partnering with more agencies and providing more children with birthday smiles under the leadership of Julie Eades, Executive Director and Trish O’Dwyer, Director of Operations. The organization has grown to a robust operation with over 600 volunteers baking cakes in 6 counties throughout the region.

The organization partners with social service agencies around the Bay Area to identify young clients who, for financial, social, or domestic reasons, might not have anyone who can bake or buy a cake for their birthday. Last year they baked and delivered over 1,700 birthday cakes.

The children at Gilead House are delighted to be recipients of the colorful, delicious, and fun cakes made for them by the volunteer bakers at Cakes4Kids. Each cake is made with kindness and the hope to deliver smiles to the children and in so doing help to raise their self-esteem.

Thank you Cake4Kids for making a difference in the lives of the Gilead House children and believing that every birthday is worth celebrating.

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